Gilberto Torres was born in Caracas, Venezuela where he studied music at the Music Conservatory of Jose Angel Lamas and performed with the world renowned Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra (El Sistema). He then moved to Cologne, Germany to continue his music studies at the Rheinishe Musikshule. In 1995, he moved to the United States where he continues his career as a professional flute player, vocalist, composer, arranger, producer, and music teacher. He obtained an Associate's degree with a specialization in Early Childhood Education in Music from Long Beach City College in California. He also holds a double Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and Music Education, and a Master in Music Education from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University of Long Beach.
In 1995, he moved to the United States where he continues to work as a professional flute player, vocalist, composer, arranger, producer, and teacher. He holds a double Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and Music education, and a Master in Music education from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University of Long Beach. Gilberto has also participated in the Latin American Festival in downtown Long Beach, CA where he premiered his Latin Jazz Big Band Guapacha (in the United States) and released their new CD in the USA called "Something Different." He also owns his own entertainment/production company called Guapacha Productions which represents Guapacha (Big Band Latin Jazz/Salsa Group consisting of 13 members), Now Giltower is working over his new project call Gil Tower and the LA Latin jazz fusion Project, and he also produces music for film, T.V., and jingles. He is currently working on combining his extensive knowledge of Latin music with the knowledge he acquired in Brazilian music while studying with professional musicians in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador-Bahia, and Recife (Brazil) in his upcoming CD.
Some of the musicians Gilberto has had the pleasure of performing with include: Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Dr. Dre, Poncho Sanchez, Banda Brothers, Thalia, Alvaro Torres, Luis Enrique, Justo Almario, Angela Carrasco, Jose Maria Napoleon, Alex Acuña, Cachao, Grupo Tolu, Luis Conte, Arturo Sandoval, Max Roach, Rudy Regalado, John Calloway, Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, Rob Curto, Carlos Oliveira, Edu Ribeiro, Marcos Silva, Michael Spiro, Mark Lamson, Miguel Hernandez, Ray Carrion, The Band Europa, and many other professional artists. Gilberto has recorded about 10-15 CD's of his own compositions.
Gilberto Torres (Flute and Vocal)